How to navigate this course

Video credit: Neil Martin.
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Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives is a self-paced course which we anticipate should take you between 60 and 80 hours to complete. The course website will remain open until February 29 2016.

The video above describes how to navigate through the course. The course is designed to be completed in a specific order to help develop your knowledge of psychological skills training techniques which will ultimately allow you to create a mental training program. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

To move on to the next module or topic, you will need to mark it as complete. The button will disappear once you have done so and that module or topic will be viewable from then onwards. The button looks like this:

Example course activities

As you work your way through the course, you will encounter a range of learning activities. All activities are optional, but have been created to deepen your learning.

Personal reflections

Sometimes you will be asked to reflect on your own experiences or what you have learned, as in the the example below from the Mood and Emotion module:

Thinking about mood and performance

Considering the points above, what do you think is the single most important mood determinant of performance?

Also is some anger and tension necessarily a bad thing?

[toggle type=”” title=”More”]Symptoms of depression have a huge effect on performance not only by directly undermining performance in its own right, but also by increasing other factors that have negative effects on performance, such as decreased vigour and increased confusion.

On the other hand, some anger and tension can have a positive effect on performance, especially if symptoms of depression are absent. A key point is that anger and tension should be at optimal levels.

Mild anger can assist motivation by making an athlete more determined during competition. Similarly, as discussed earlier in the course, tension can aid performance so long as it is under control by the athlete or else anxiety may set in and lead to movement patterns that lack fluidity.[/toggle]

Discussing and sharing

There are opportunities to discuss and share your ideas throughout the course, such as in this example from the motivation module.

[box_frame style=”” width=”” class=”” align=”none” title=”Activity” inner_style=””]Perhaps you have been involved with coaching athletes. Have you used token rewards? Were they effective? Would you use them now? Please share your knowledge, ideas and insights with others on the forum.


Contributing to the forum

The discussion forum allows you to share your insights, experiences, and opinions about the the course content and about sport psychology in general. The links below will take you to the forum and some topics of interest:

Course moderators

The forums will be facilitated by two course moderators based at the University of Southern Queensland. Below they offer their personal introductions:

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Any questions?

If you have a specific query about the course, then please place your question in the comments box at the bottom of this page and we will respond as soon as possible. If not, you can return to the course by clicking on the button below.

Return to the course


  1. Hashem Faal

    How I can receive a certificate of completion? By Email?

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Hashem,

      To receive a certificate of completion, you will need to work your way through the course, marking each module as complete and then upload a mental training program which we will share with other learners via the forum. You will then be able to download the certificate as a PDF.

      1. Hashem

        Thank you very much..

    2. Peter Terry

      You can download your certificate of completion once you have completed the course.

  2. jonaprem

    Dearest sir,
    I had already completed the study and got the certificate but my name appeared in the certificate is not satisfied. My name is (Sorokhaibam Premananda Singh) if possible please change my completion letter as given name. I need a favour from your expert panel to prepare a PST Program for the 12 months for my completion of my Doctoral Research. Please help me out Sir.

    Thanking You in anticipation

    Sincerely Yours
    Sorokhaibam Premananda Singh
    PhD Scholar
    Tripura University

    1. Neil Martin

      Dear Sorokhaibam Premananda Singh,

      Thank for your request and congratulations on completing the course. I’ve updated your details so if you now download your certificate again, it will have the correct details. I have also shared your
      mental training program for other learners to view.


  3. Jason von Stietz

    Will the course website still be open when the course closes? I found the videos, links to articles, and course content very informative. I have already downloaded the course text book. However, I found the course content on the website very helpful. It would be great if the website could remain open or if we could get a PDF of the content.



    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you for your query regarding the future of course content. The plan as it stands is to keep the course website open until the end of February and then take it down for a few days for some maintenance. After that it will be back up and you can log in and refer to the content as you require.

      Best wishes


  4. Sunday Dickson

    I have completed the course and I got my certificate. Thank you for this opportunity. I learnt a lot!

    1. Neil Martin

      Congratulations Sunday. I’m glad you enjoyed the course. I was impressed with your original approach to your mental training program, and have shared it here for other learners to read.

  5. lawrieok

    Just found out about the Course, 26 Feb 2016 at 15:30 UK time; hope I can finish it before you close the website!?

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Lawrie,

      We have extended the course to the 7 March.

      Best wishes


  6. EKH3

    Dear Dr. Martin,
    I began this course and was quite excited about it, but situations at work and home the past few months prevented me from engaging in it in the schedule I planned for myself. Now, as my workplace is stabilized, the end of the course is near. I understand you will close the website and the course on March 7 (thank you for the extension), and then bring it up again after a few days of website maintenance. Is it possible for me to start anew once it comes back up? Is it your plan to offer the course anew online with a new final date a couple months out? Thank you, Elizabeth

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I hope you are well.

      The course officially ends on March 7 and we will no longer be sharing the uploaded mental training programs, but we will leave all the materials up as open resources so you can carry on working your way through the course. I will be doing some maintenance on the website and collecting my research data, which I hope won’t affect anybody’s experience, but I’d thought I’d let you know.

      Best wishes


  7. pdiamantis

    i have just finished the course. my name is panagiotis diamantis and i have used the nickname pdiamantis. the certificate has my nickname in it, but i want to be my real name in it, otherwise has no vallue at all. if i knew this from the beginning i will have used my real name. can we change it please?
    thank you

    1. Neil Martin

      Hi Panagiotis,

      I hope you enjoyed the course.

      I have adjusted your profile settings to show your name correctly. A note for all learners, that this can be done through the profile link in the menu at the top of the page.

      If you print off your certificate again, it will now display your full name.

      Best wishes


  8. thelord

    I would like to take this course but I cannot visualize any section of the course. Is still possible to partecipate to this course?
    Thank you for your answer.

    1. Neil Martin


      Thank you for your comment. Although the course officially ended on March 7, you should be able to login and work your way through the materials. Please let me know if you are having problems with this and I will assist you further.


      1. thelord

        Thank you for your kind answer. I cannot navigate through the material. Every time I try to enter in a section (I make some attempts) I see the same page with the same image of the two cyclist. How can I access to the fist section?
        Thank you,

        1. Neil Martin

          Hi Matteo,

          There is a button on that page titled Take This Course. Once you click on it you should be able to start the course. I hope this helps.

          Best wishes


          1. thelord

            Yes! Thank you Neil!

  9. jelder97


    I clicked the “Mark Complete” button after completing every section, and I did the final assignment. It says that I have 46/61 complete. What did I miss?

    Thank you,


  10. Neil Martin

    Hi Josh,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I’m not sure why you are getting that error, however I did complete some upgrades recently which involved copying some exisiting content. From what you have described you have completed all the course content.

    Many thanks


    1. jelder97

      If I have completed everything, do you know what I need to do in order to receive my certificate?

      1. Neil Martin

        Hi Josh,

        I have sent you an email about your certificate.



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